On May 10, 2007, the World Poker Association (WPA) announced that they will have a representative at the 2007 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
The WPA said that their booth will be easily identifiable from the main entrance of the 2007 WSOP Main Event tournament venue. The World Poker Association, which actively promotes professionalism in the industry, aims to inform WSOP participants about their goals.
The WPA is quite different from the the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). The PPA is a lobby group which promotes poker related interests, while the World Poker Association (WPA) is a charitable organization that unites all parts of the poker community - from professional and amateur poker players to dealers, casino establishments, tournament directors and anyone that has an interest in the growth of the poker industry. Like the PGA who serves as the representative of the golfing industry, the World Poker Association represents the opportunity for players to have a say in the future of the industry.
Official members of the WPA are expected to support and promote the highest and most acceptable form of behavior and norms in the poker industry. Members are also encouraged to ask about ethics and conduct, annual meetings, international happenings, dealer relations, rules, government policies and charities.
The WPA was founded by poker pro Jesse Jones and is run by several competent officers, including Annie Van Bebber, the founder of the Foundraisers.com and an expert on media, online and fundraising events, as well as Chris Bigler a management consultant and poker pro.
In addition, Wendeen Eolis is the Vice Chairman of the WPA and an ex advisor to New York Governor George Pataki and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Warren Karp is one of the tournament directors. Lou Krieger is a consultant and author of books on the game of poker. Marcel Luske is a famous European Poker Pro and last but not least is Harry Thomas, the treasurer of the WPA and a bracelet holder in the WSOP.